One of the things I love about Jeffrey Gitomer’s books* is their simplicity. You can pick up a little book, flip to a page, start reading, and pick up something useful or motivational.
On page 83 of the Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude* is a list of ten actions a person can take in order squelch a bad attitude:
Be nice. It’s really hard to have a bad attitude while being nice to people. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.
Be kind. I always thought “nice” and “kind” meant the same thing.
Smile. It’s amazing the power of a smile. Just make sure it’s not an evil smile!
Make friends. Remember the worn out saying, “In order to have friends, you must first be a friend. My kids have a hard time understanding that one. We’re working on it.
Say nice things. Along with smiling, saying nice things can really put another person at ease. It’s also very hard to have a bad attitude if you’re saying nice things.
Praise others. I’m not very good at this one. I’m going to practice giving people genuine praise.
Take responsibility. Imagine a workplace where people took responsibility for themselves and their work!
Be proud of your work. Imagine a workplace where people took pride in their work! Who cares if it’s not your dream job. Consider it a stepping stone to your dream job.
Be proud of your accomplishments. This one goes hand-in-hand with the last one.
Don’t worry, be happy. For me this is easier said than done. I’m a worrier. I don’t know why, but I am.
Most people (MYSELF INCLUDED!!!!!) would do well to memorize this list!
Oh, and I want to add one to this list:
Listen to “Summer” by David Sanborn. The song is on his disc “A Change of Heart.” Put it on, turn it up, listen to it, and you will have a change of attitude.